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Re: microdata use cases and Getting data out of poorly written Web pages

From: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 07:21:36 -0700
Message-ID: <4A0C28F0.7020408@adida.net>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: public-html@w3.org
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> Furthermore, according to Hixie, Yahoo! treats prefix as meaningful 
> (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf/2009Mar/0100.html), 
> which is evidence *against* prefix-based indirection doing just fine.

Well, yes, according to Hixie.

Except, as I already responded, this was a bug in one of Yahoo's 
user-facing pages they had, not in the actual RDFa parser they use for 
their actual SearchMonkey pages (which is, in fact, based on one of the 
RDFa task force's parsers.)

My point remains: there have been long, verbose claims of namespace 
aware vs. non-namespace aware API calls, how it will require browser 
changes, etc... and in practice, *it doesn't matter*. If browsers choose 
not to fix this, RDFa parsers can address this with *one* "if" statement.

I have trouble seeing these so-called problems you raise as anything 
more than theoretical. In all of the actual RDFa implementations to 
date, no one's complained.

Received on Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:22:28 UTC

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